“Trying to speed up executions could deal ‘mortal blow’ to California Supreme Court”

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Maura Dolan for LA Times

If a November ballot measure to speed up executions goes into effect, the California Supreme Court will have to decide hundreds of death penalty appeals in rapid succession.

That mandate would turn the state’s highest court into what analysts say would be “a death penalty court,” forced for years to devote about 90% of its time to capital appeals.

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